2:00pm Friday 18th October 2013
OPERATORS of a solar farm near Barton Stacey have voiced fears that a new facility for the processing and recycling of incinerator ash to produce aggregates could create dust which would reduce the performance of the farm’s solar cells.
The application, due to be considered by Hampshire County Council’s regulatory committee on Wednesday, is by Raymond Brown Minerals and Recovery Ltd at Drayton Road.
The proposal will produce around 90,000 metric tons of bottom ash aggregate and is considered ‘non-hazardous by the Environment Agency.
Although statutory agencies consulted have voiced no objections to the application, there have been 12 letters from local residents.
Among them is the concern about dust from the owners of the solar panel farm just north of the site.
In his report Richard Read, head of county planning, said: “Whilst these concerns are understood, the applicant has shown that adequate dust control measures are possible within the site and these will be required under environmental permit and secured through planning condition.
“The scheme and its monitoring and any necessary remediation are being discussed by the applicant and the owners of the solar panel farm to ensure its effectiveness.”
Concerns have also been expressed about odours and fears of contamination of the River Test.
Natural England is satisfied that there will be no adverse impact on the river but recommended that slow worms are possibly present on the site and some mitigation to ensure their protection could be necessary.
Councillors have been recommended to approve the application at their meeting in Winchester.
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